I absolutely love this release! Every set is a must have set (in my opinion). My cards today were so much fun to create! I had so much fun playing with inks and stamps and trying a new technique that I hadn't tried before. My set of cards was created with kraft cardstock, white cardstock, white embossing powder, stamps, and an assortment of inks (no copic markers even!).
My background papers were created by sponging various Tim Holtz distress inks on white cardstock using foam applicators and foam applicator refills from Ranger. I cut my white cardstock to size. Then, I sponged the inks on the cardstock and flicked water on the cardstock to create the great background. (I did all my inking and water flicking on one of the Ranger Craft Sheets. They make clean up so easy as everything just wipes right off.) It is such a fun technique and one I can't wait to play around with more! I love the look that it creates! (Sorry for all the exclaimation points, but I had so much fun creating this card set and love how they turned out. *wink*)
For this card, I started by inking my white cardstock with fired brick distress ink. I added many layers until I got a beautiful dark red. Then, I added some pumice stone distress ink and a little walnut stain distress ink around the edge. After flicking a little water on the piece, you can see the great look it creates when the ink pools a bit. I stitched around the edge before adhering the piece to my kraft card base.
I stamped that gorgeous doily from the Dainty Doilies 2 Small stamp set with a Big & Bossy embossing ink pad from Ranger. (My pad is all clear embossing ink. The one I'm linking to has a black pad and a clear pad in one. The Ranger embossing pad is by far the best embossing ink I have ever tried. It completely blows a versamark pad out of the water! It's definitely my favorite embossing ink.) Then, I embossed the doily with white embossing powder. I hand cut around the doily and adhered it to my card with foam adhesive.
Last, I stamped that beautiful ornament from the new 2011 Holiday Ornaments set twice on white cardstock using tuxedo black memento ink. I cut the ornment out and sponged it with shabby shutters distress ink and a little peeled paint distress ink around the edges. I cut just the sentiment out of the second stamped ornament and sponged it with antique linen and tea dye distress inks. Then, I layered the sentiment over my first stamped ornament and adhered it with foam adhesive.
I created the other cards using the same techniques as the first just with different ink colors and stamps. For this card, I created my background by layering shabby shutters distress ink, peeled paint distress ink, and a little walnut stain distress ink around the edges. Since I had more than one color of green distress ink, the water flicking created a really neat look. (I think I need another dark red distress ink so the red is more dramatic, too!)
For my sentiment on this card, I used one of the great sentiments from the new Seasonal Remedies stamp set which will also be available on October 15th. Again, I stamped the image twice on white cardstock with tuxedo black memento ink. I cut out one and sponged it with fired brick and walnut stain distress inks. Then, I cut just the sentiments out on the second one and sponged it with antique linen and tea dye distress inks.
For my third card, I used worn lipstick and fired brick distress inks along with a little pumice stone and walnut stain distress inks around the edges. This sentiment is also from Seasonal Remedies. I stamped it twice again and cut it out. The first piece was sponged with shabby shutters and peeled paint distress inks and the sentiment was sponged with antique linen and tea dye distress inks.
I also sprayed each of my background pieces with Pearl Glimmer Mist to give it a beautiful shimmer that is really difficult to pick up in a photo, but so pretty in person. (They reformulated the glimmer mists and I think they spray much more evenly now. I really like the shimmer it added.)
Okay, it's time to hop around to the rest of the designers' blogs to see what they created with the new sets:
Belinda Chang Langner
Claire Brennan (Owner)
Have a great day!